Soap and Glory | Crazy Sexy Kohl


It's just a personal preference, but I love eyeliner. I always have and I probably always will. I just find that it really defines my eyes and I kind of feel like a boiled egg without it, I'm not going to lie! .

I'm much more of a liquid liner girl now, but I used to love wearing kohl liner in my lower waterline and the Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in Cocoa Brown was my go-to when I did! I just loved it! I found that S&G pencils were really pigmented, long wearing and they would stay put throughout the day without smudging and sliding, unlike a lot of other eyeliner pencils I had tried.


Left to Right : Cocoa Brown | Super Black | Blue My Mind | Aqua Bat | Grape Vine

Soap and Glory | Crazy Sexy Kohl £14.00 (CURRENTLY £7.00 HERE)

So when I saw that Soap and Glory had a Smoulder Kohl gift set, I was all over it!
The Crazy Sexy Kohl kit contains 5 Smoulder Kohl Pencils and they're honestly the most beautiful and wearable shades! : Cocoa Brown and Super Black (which are the classic shades), as well as Blue My Mind, Aqua Bat and Grape Vine, which are Christmas exclusives! These liners are incredibly pigmented, long wearing and they are waterproof, which I love!

Usually, the S&G Smoulder Kohl pencils cost around £5.50 and also come with a sharpener with a lid, but this set contains all 5 (slightly smaller) pencils and usually it's £14.00, but is currently on offer for £7.00! (here)

Have you tried these? I'm in love!


First Impressions | Freedom Skincare

Glycolic Glow Tonic | Eye Makeup Remover | Moisture Cream

Skincare is one of those basic regimes that people either put a lot of time and effort into, or don't pay enough attention to at all. Unfortunately for me, as much as I know how important skincare is - I can get lazy with it and recently, it's started to show.  So I've decided to have a skincare switch up. As well as sticking to some of my old favourites, I've also added some new products into my routine and they're from Freedom. Here's what you need to know.

Pro Studio Glycolic Glow Tonic | £6.00 (here)

The name itself suggests that this toner is a dupe for the Pixi Glow Tonic, which everyone knows it's a beauty cult classic, but I haven't actually used the Glow Tonic, so I wouldn't be the best person to ask for a comparison. However, the product does have similar claims and is an exfoliating toner, which is used to help even out skin tone, and promote a brighter and clearer complexion. In the couple of weeks that I've had the Pro Studio Glycol Glow Tonic, I have really enjoyed using it. It has a fresh, clean scent to it and it gives my skin a little tingle (the good kind) when I use it, which to me, is an indication that the product is actually doing something. The formula contains Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera and Ginseng, which help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, to reveal softer and more radiant skin. Currently, I'm using this toner on my face, but I'm also keen to do a beauty experiment and try it out on my legs. I have what I like to call 'strawberry legs', where I've got little dots on skin. I'd love to see if the product works as well on my legs as it does on my face and I will keep you posted!

Pro Studio Eye Makeup Remover | £5.00 (here)

Next, I purchased the Pro Studio Eye Makeup Remover, which is sort of hard to explain. The best way to describe the consistency is that it's like a cross between a liquid and a gel formula, which is unlike any other make up remover I've used before (bear in mind that the Garnier Micellar Water is my go-to/holy grail). However, I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. A little bit of this goes a long way and it's removed gel liner and waterproof mascara in a couple of swipes! The formula is also lightweight and suitable for sensitive eyes. It's gentle, yet effective and I also find it moisturising (yet non greasy) on my skin. I'm impressed.

Pro Studio Moisture Cream | £7.00 (here)

Last, but by no means least, I bought the Pro Studio Moisture Cream. Recently, my go-to moisturiser has been Skindrink by Lush (which I have loved!), but as I've been running low and this one was on offer, I decided to give it a go. Filled with shea butter, this Moisture Cream is really hydrating and moisturising on the skin. It sinks in really well, which means make up application is really easy, but it still keeps your skin moisturised throughout the day. So far, so good.

I bought my products on an introductory offer of 3 for £10, but check out http://www.freedommakeuplondon.com or http://www.superdrug.com for prices and any current offers they may have and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Have you tried out any of the skincare or make up products from Freedom? What did you think?


Mini Haul | Lush Cosmetics


'Tis the season to be jolly and one of the jolliest places for people to shop around this time of the year (and one of my favourite shops in general) is Lush! From your bath to your shower and from your head to your toes, Lush has all sorts of amazing products to make looking after yourself a lot more fun. Lush currently has all of their incredible Christmas products in, as well as a lot of new product launches. I don't have a bath tub, which is really sad because it means I can't buy any of the bath products, but there are so many products the store has to offer and I couldn't help but go in to have a little nosey...

Usually, I can do a lot more damage, but this time I was very good and only picked up a couple of new products and I thought I would share them with you.



Cup O'Coffee Face and Body Mask 150g | £6.75 (here)

The first product I decided to go for was the Cup O'Coffee Face and Body Mask. This is one of the newer additions to Lush and I was so intrigued by it! I've heard of people using a coffee based scrub in their pamper routines as an exfoliant on the skin and when I saw this in store, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out. As the name would suggest, the scrub is full of a coffee infusion, roasted cocoa extract, verivert and coriander oil and fair trade vanilla absolute. Not only do I intend to use this as an exfoliating mask on my face, but I'm looking forward to trying it on my legs too. All you have to do is apply it on the skin, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it with warm water, for softer, smoother, brighter and more healthy looking skin. For now, I picked up the smaller 150g pot just to try out, but if I love it as much as I think I will, I will be going back to purchase a full sized pot.

Santa's Lip Scrub | £5.50  (here)

It's no secret that I really enjoy using the Lush Lip Scrubs, and as I recently ran out of my Mint Julips one, I decided that it was time to restock and try something different, so I went for the Christmas Limited Edition Santa's Lip Scrub. While the caster sugar helps to exfoliate and buff the lips and get rid of dry and dead skin, the jojoba oil and extra virgin coconut oil within the product ensure that your lips are super soft and moisturised. Santa's Lip Scrub has it's own unique flavour to it. With the hint of a cola flavour, dates and cherries, and a sprinkle of edible hearts on top,  it feels and tastes amazing on the lips. Lush also do these lip scrubs in other flavours such as Bubblegum, Mint Julips and Popcorn and did I mention they're totally edible?!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100g | £3.75 (here)

Last but not least, I picked up a little bit of the Snow Fairy Shower Gel. How could I not? I'm currently all stocked up on shower gel, so I didn't really need any more, but I couldn't go into Lush around this time of the year and not pick up a bottle of one of my favourites! All my Lushies will know all about this product but for those of you who don't, it's the prettiest, pinkest and the most perfect shower gel for that extra sparkle in the shower. It is amazing! This candy floss scented shower gel just leaves you feeling and smelling incredible and if you're a fan of the Magic Wand Bubble Bar or the Bubblegum Lip Scrub, you will love this! I'm not going to lie, Snow Fairy is very sweet and isn't for everyone, but I personally love it and always find myself buying a bottle every Christmas season, even if it's just a small one!

Have you been into Lush recently? What are you currently loving?


Make Up Revolution Ultra Metals Brushes | Review


L-R : Flawless Powder Brush | Contour Foundation Brush | Flat Contour Brush | Sculpt Blush Brush | Crease Eyeshadow Brush
The Make Up Revolution Ultra Metals Brushes have been all over the beauty scene recently, and have attracted a lot of attention for many different reasons. First of all, they are beautiful: rose gold brushes with snow white bristles. Secondly, they have received a lot of speculation because at first glance, they look like dupes for the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes, and to an extent, I have to say I agree.
  
The Ultra Metals collection consists of five brushes:

•    Ultra Flawless Powder Brush (F301) | £9.99 (here)
•    Ultra Contour Foundation Brush (F302) | £9.99 (here)
•    Ultra Flat Contour Brush (F304) | £9.99 (here)
•    Ultra Sculpt Blush Brush (F303) | £8.99 (here)
•    Ultra Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush  (E301) | £5.99 (here)


L-R : Flawless Powder Brush | Contour Foundation Brush | Flat Contour Brush | Sculpt Blush Brush | Crease Eyeshadow Brush
So starting off with the biggest and most fluffy brush in the bunch, the Flawless Powder Brush is an absolute dream to use for face powder to set make up in place and for bronzer just to add a bit of overall colour to your look. As with all of the brushes, the synthetic brush hairs are super soft against the skin and so far, I haven't noticed any shedding of the bristles nor have I heard anyone else mention them in reviews or first impression posts. The brushes themselves also feel lovely, and they have a nice weight to them without being heavy - it makes them feel a lot more sleek without having an expensive price tag.



Next, is the Contour Foundation Brush, which I would say is the most unusual in the collection due   to it's shape and size. It truly does look like the dupe for the Real Techniques Bold Metals Triangle Foundation Brush and I was really intrigued to see how this would work. The bristles in this brush just as soft as the others, but are densely packed together and the brush is perfect to use for those hard to reach areas such as the hairline, near the ears and around the eyes. It is recommended to be used for foundation for I think it would serve well as a contour brush as well.




Speaking of contouring, the Ultra Metals Flat Contour Brush is perfect to sculpt your face with as it fits perfectly below the cheekbone for a precise contour. I like using this brush, with both, cream and powder products and I find that it works very well with both. As with the Contour Foundation Brush which was mentioned above, the bristles in this brush are a lot more dense, which gives you more control when trying to achieve the perfect contour.




Next is the Sculpt Blush Brush in the collection and as the name suggests, it's great to use for powder products such as blusher, bronzer and highlighter. The brush itself is fluffy and allows you to distribute product evenly without it being too much.

Last but by no means least, is the Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush. I wouldn't say the brush is particularly pointed but it's the perfect shape and size to work with and blend eyeshadows. I also think it would work very well as a concealer brush and is the perfect size to contour down the bridge of your nose, if that's a part of your make up routine.

Overall, I have to say I'm impressed. In the time that I've had them, I've really enjoyed using these brushes: I've found them really soft on the skin and they're really nice to work with. I haven't noticed any shedding of the bristles yet either and I have already washed the brushes twice. Also, let's just be honest here, the brushes are absolutely gorgeous. They're very aesthetically pleasing and they now have proud home on top of my dresser.

These brushes can either be purchased individually, as they are packaged separately, or you can buy the full Ultra Metals Brush Collection for £34.95, meaning you save yourselves £10,  just like I did! (here)

Have you tried out the Make Up Revolution Ultra Metals Brush Collection yet? What did you think?


APPS THAT EVERY BLOGGER SHOULD HAVE



Today's post is slightly different, but since the rebrand and the relaunch of my YouTube channel and my blog, things have been getting pretty organised around here! I've been trying to figure out the kind of content I want to make, I've been planning videos and blogposts and I've discovered (and been obsessed with) some apps which I now can't see myself without. Here are a few of them.

Blogger
This is such a obvious one, but the Blogger app is such a blessing! It's so convenient! You can write, edit and publish posts on the go and it's perfect for when you get a spontaneous idea and you're nowhere near your laptop or your computer. Equally, if your blog is hosted on Wordpress, I'd recommend checking out the Wordpress app, which I'm sure works in a similar way.

Bloglovin'
Some people have mixed opinions about this app, but it has grown on me. I didn't used to use this as much before, but when I started my own written blog in addition to my channel, Bloglovin' helped me discover other bloggers and it made it so much easier to keep up with new posts. It's also really easy to keep up with your own blog and your analytics.
Also, Bloglovin' has recently updated their system to include a new 'Video Blog' feature, which I love, because it links my YouTube videos to my bloglovin' and it means that content is easier for everyone to find as it's in one place.


YouTube Studio
This app is one of my blogging favourites and I wish I had discovered it a lot sooner than I did. It's so good and it's like having the desktop equivalent of YouTube in the palm of your hands. It is so much better than the actual YouTube app for tasks such as replying to comments, and it also allows you to manage your videos, make them public or private, edit your description box and keep up to date with your YouTube analytics and earnings. I'd totally recommend checking this one out if you haven't already, it's a lifesaver!

Studio+
The Studio+ app is a great one to use to edit general pictures and blog photos when you haven't got your computer with you. It offers a variety of different fonts, frames and graphics which come in really handy if you've taken photos on your phone and you want to spruce them up or label things. It's useful to have, especially if you're blogging on the go, as you can edit your blog photos using Studio+ and import it into a blog post using the Blogger app.


Depop
Last but by no means least, I've really been enjoying using Depop recently to buy & sell items! Let's be honest, sometimes we all end up with things that we don't always use or need and as a blogger, I am definitely guilty of hoarding products etc.  Depop is a C2C (Consumer to Consumer) based platform and it is great for selling items quickly and easily and it's equally as good for buying items which would otherwise be a lot more expensive. It's a great way to have a clear out / to declutter (and to make a bit of money) without having the feeling that you're throwing your things away. I've recently listed some things on Depop, so if you'd like to have a look, search 'thesurrealbuzz' on the app :)

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I love reading posts like these myself, so I hope you do too. If you have any questions or would like me to do more posts about blogging or similar topics, just let me know!


Autumn/Winter Beauty Staples


I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year! Whether it's the changing colours of the leaves on the trees, the leather jackets, chunky knits and cosy coats, or even the transition in my make up for deeper and darker shades; I am obsessed!

As I've already outlined my A/W Wardrobe Staples on my channel, it would have been rude not to run through some of my A/W Beauty Staples as well.

Here are some of my go-to's for this time of the year.



Eyes

If you follow me on my Instagram (Farheenxo), you may have noticed that I've really been feeling the love for a couple of new palettes in my collection. The first one isn't going to be a surprise to you, but I have truly been obsessed with the Zoeva Cocoa Blends Palette | £15.50 (mentioned here).  It's my current go-to and it consists of a mixture of 10 beautiful matte and shimmer shades which can take you from day to night. It's basically just Autumn in a palette. Another palette I've really been enjoying is the new Salted Caramel one by Make Up Revolution | £7.99. It's so beautiful! While it has some similar shades to the Cocoa Blends Palette, Salted Caramel has 6 more shades, including a beautiful teal and a dark forest green which are brilliant for a bolder look. The shades from both of these palettes are incredibly pigmented, buttery soft and a dream to blend with. To add a little more depth and definition to the looks, I've really been enjoying wearing my Red Cherry Lashes in 213 | £3.49, with the Eyelure Eyelash Glue | £4.95. Red Cherry lashes are hands-down my favourite at the moment, they give you so much oomph but they still look natural, which is why I love them. Teamed with the Eyelure Lash Glue in black, which dries black and looks like liquid liner, it's a winning combination and one that I constantly find myself reaching for.



Lips

I have a lot of lipstick loves this season (...which I will be doing a video on very soon!), but I really love statement vampy lips for this time of the year. Although there are a lot of contenders, my winner for the perfect dark, vampy, berry shade has got to be the Kiko Unlimited Stylo Lipstick in Shade 12 | £4.80. This lipstick ticks all of the boxes for me : the pigmentation and colour pay off is incredible, it dries to a matte finish which I love and for what it is, it is a total bargain. I have a couple of lippies from this collection, and if you haven't checked out the Unlimited Stylo range, I would highly recommend you to! 




Skin

Ofcourse, with the colder months, my skin does require some extra TLC to battle how drying the weather is on it. My two go-to skincare saviours at the moment are the Skindrink Moisturiser from Lush | £12.95 and the Elizabeth Arden Original 8 Hour Cream | £26.00. With both of these products, I find that a little bit goes a long way and they make a huge difference in my skincare routine. I've got normal to dry skin, and with the change in the weather, it's been worse ... this is where Skin Drink comes in! It moisturises my skin and keeps it supple for longer, without making it at all greasy, and even though it doesn't smell like a bunch of roses, I love it and my skin really thanks me for it! I've been using this for months now and it's definitely an A/W skincare staple for me! Totally recommend this to anyone who has dry or dehydrated skin right now. The same goes for the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. Although it is expensive, it's money well spent and I find it being multipurpose really sells it for me. It makes an incredible lip balm, works very well on scarring and dry patches on the skin and it also helps to combat redness and minor irritations of the skin.  P.S.The Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is currently on offer - you can find it here!

Those were a handful of my Autumn/Winter Beauty Staples - what are yours?






Maybelline Fit Me Foundation | Review

Finding the right foundation can be a right mission, especially when you're shopping on the high street or in the drugstore ... the shade selection, the unflattering lighting in the shop, even the lack of testers or proper mirrors. That's why foundations are something that I'm experimental with.

After running out of my Maybelline Dream Fluid Flawless Nude Foundation in Shade 48 and becoming slightly bored of my beloved No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Warm Sand, I thought it time to switch things up and head over to Boots or Superdrug to have quick nosey around the shelves. About half an hour (and a hand full of swatches later), I left with two new foundations : The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and the new No7 Airbrush Away Foundation (but that's another post in itself)


I know I took my sweet time getting round to trying out this foundation but I have fallen in love! Why didn't I try this out sooner? The foundation glides onto my skin like a dream, gives me a medium but buildable coverage but still looks and feels like skin. It's perfect! I usually apply this with either my Fancy Witch Foundation Brush or my Zoeva Skin Finish Brush and I find that the gel formula of the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation applies seamlessly without leaving any streaks on the skin. It's really easy for it to look like you're wearing a lot of product on your face and for foundation to look cakey but this foundation doesn't do that - it just gives you a flawless airbrushed finish while still looking like skin.


I picked up the Maybelline Fit Me in Shade 220 Natural Beige, which is a medium toned/olive shade with dark yellow under tones and it matches my complexion perfectly. It has a dewy finish (without looking extremely shiny) and I find that it works for my naturally dry and dehydrated skin well. I don't feel the need to powder it down, but I'd definitely recommend it for longevity or for anyone with oiler skin. I find that it just enhances my complexion and makes my skin look super radiant and healthy and the foundation feels very natural and breathable on my skin.

For me, it's £7.99 well spent and I truly prefer it to some of the other drugstore foundations I've tried recently.

Boots currently have selected Maybelline products on offer for Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price - you can find the Fit Me Foundation here

Although the Fit Me range also offers concealers, I've heard some mixed reviews and am truly faithful to my Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Nude. I've worked my way through 2-3 tubes of it and it's become one of my holy grail products since I discovered it. LOVE!

A couple of people who I've spoken to who have tried this foundation have mentioned that the Fit Me can sometimes oxidise after a while of wearing it, which makes the foundation look darker but I personally haven't experienced this.

Have you tried out the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation? What did you think of it?



Beauty Love List | #1



With the rebrand & relaunch of my YouTube channel, I wanted to switch things up a little bit and vary my content so that I'm doing more than just beauty, so although 'favourites' videos will be a monthly thing over on my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/farheenxo), they will include all sorts of things, including fashion, food and film favourites etc. Ofcourse, I'm still obsessed with beauty, so I wanted to created a series that was purely beauty based for my blog, showcasing beauty bits that I've fallen in love with and can't put down and I've shortlisted it down to these 4 products.



1) Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette
First on the list is this UH-MAZING eyeshadow palette by Zoeva. Honestly, it's Autumn in a palette and all 10 shades are absolutely beautiful. The palette costs £15.50, which to some people may be really expensive and to others, not, but either way, it's money well spent and there's enough shades in various finishes to take you from day to night. I'm in love.

2) Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 220
This is a relatively new product in my collection, but I was on the hunt for a new everyday foundation after I ran out of my No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Warm Sand and I decided to give this a go. I'm so glad I did. I won't give away too much about this now, as I will be reviewing it in the next post, but at £7.99, it ticks all the boxes for me and gives me a lovely light to medium buildable coverage which wears really well throughout the day.


3) Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in 'Golden Lights'
I don't think enough people talk about this product and I don't know why; I think it's amazing! It gives you the most beautiful iridescent golden glow & a little bit of this goes a long way. The best part? It's only £3 and I think it could give a lot of the higher end highlighters a run for their money!

4)  Zoeva Fan Brush
I have many brushes in my collection, including the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set which is a dreaaaaaam to use, but I felt like something was missing and a little browse on Beauty Bay later, I realised it was this Zoeva Fan Brush.
 In hindsight, I should've known - I've seen this brush scattered around on other bloggers' instagrams and in their posts, but better late than never, right? 
I really enjoy using this brush, particularly with the Make Up Revolution highlighter as I feel that it picks up just the right amount of product on the brush.. Before discovering this, I found myself applying my highlighter with other brushes, which would just look like a lot of product was packed on in one place, whereas this makes it so much easier just to sweep across the skin and distribute the product evenly, without being too much.




Let's meet again

CHANGE

One word, six letters, yet still, it can be such a scary thing for some people. 


I totally get that. Change is something I've been umm-ing and ahh-ing about over the last few months. Some of you may know me, and some of you may not, but my name is Farheen and I used to run a little channel on YouTube, and what this blog formerly used to be, called 'The Surreal Buzz'. Although the blogging thing was new to me, I've had my YouTube channel for a while. I think that when you've been doing something (anything) for a long time, it's really easy just to fall into habits, to put yourself in a little box and for things to just become really stagnant. That's what happened to me. After months of being very on and off with creating content, and slightly falling out of love with one of the things I loved doing the most, I knew it was time. I needed the change.

So, welcome to my relaunched blog! 'Farheenxo' is my little place for all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related! As well as the changes here, I've also rebranded and relaunched my channel - you can now find me at www.youtube.com/c/farheenxo, where I'll be uploading all sorts of things, including beauty, hauls, lifestyle, fitness and whatever else comes my way. The whole point of rebranding is allowing myself a fresh start and making my platform what I want it to be, without feeling like I can't.

A lot of people fear change, because it's all about breaking a habit that you've become used to, but change isn't always a bad thing. Especially if you're not happy with something, you need to always remember that things won't change unless you do. 

So here I am, embracing all these changes, and I hope you're as excited for the road ahead as I am.